The exotic Incaberry
30 November 2010
Wholefoods House are now stocking dried Incaberries, aka the ‘Cape Gooseberry’ or the ’Goldenberry’.
As its name suggests, the Incaberry is indigenous to the Incan Empire. It was also a popular crop in South Africa during the early nineteenth century, hence the common alias ‘Cape Gooseberry’.
Dull bronze in appearance Incaberries, and particularly the tiny seeds contained in the fruit, are considered a valuable and nutritional source of vitamin P (bioflavinoids) which have proven antiviral, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antioxidant properties. They are rich in phosphorus and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and B12 and consist of 16 % protein, which is an unusually large proportion for a fruit. Incaberries are also naturally high in fibre and low in fat and sodium so it’s no wonder they are highly prized in traditional and folk medicines.
Tastewise, the Incaberry is slightly sweet and sour and has been likened to a lemon-y lolly. It can be used as a kind of exotic raisin wherever the tart flavour is welcome, and its high pectin content makes it ideal in jams. Added to your favourite soaked muesli or or trail mix Incaberries are a tasty and exotic way to enhance your diet.
Our organically grown Incaberries come in 150 g packs. We’ve even combined them with certified organic cranberries, goji berries and bluberries to create an exclusive Antioxidant 4 Berry Mix (100 g) which is absolutely delicious and very good for you too!